Our Leadership

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS board memebers

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS board and advisors join special guest Diana Krall at the RALPH PUCCI 4th Annual Jazz Set with host Christian McBride.


Board Chair

Terry Woodard, Board Chair
Global Private Bank Vice Chair, JP Morgan Chase

Melissa Walker - President + Founder of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS

Melissa Walker, Founder & President, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS

Christian McBride - Artistic Director at JAZZ HOUSE KiDS

Christian McBride, Artistic Director, GRAMMY Award-Winning Bassist, Bandleader & Educator

Sandra Smith, Secretary
Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Janelle Anderson
Chief Strategy Officer, Century Therapeutics

Susan Korones Gifford
Freelance Writer and Editor

Neal Lazar
President, Manhattan Mechanical

Janet Shapiro
President, Brandenburg Productions

Cecile Sutherland
Founder & President, Cedas Home Care Services, LLC

Martin Melilli
Market President – Commercial, TD Bank

Rhonda Robinson
Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

“Through JAZZ HOUSE KiDS , they are developing some of the country’s most promising young musicians by providing them with world class educational and performance opportunities. Their students consistently impress, not only because of their musical abilities, but also because of their focus, presence and commitment to quality. JAZZ HOUSE KiDS, besides having a great name, is doing much more than educating musicians – they are developing cultural leaders. Something we desperately need at this time.”

~ Wynton Marsalis says of Melissa and Christian’s work


Margarethe Laurenzi – Advisory Board Chair
Hilary Apicella
Philip Byrd
Rose Cali
Chris Gifford
Sandra Heintz
Barbara Hines
James Johnson
Lee Mergner
Ralph Pucci
Donald Savoy
Fred Smagorinsky
Tres Williams
Wayne Winborne


Ondine Landa Abramson
James Bolin
Jason DeSalvo
Andrew Ellis
Nick Miceli
Charlie Sample
Roseann Shaiman

HELP US KEEP swinging straight ahead